The New Mexico State Aggies search for a versatile scoring burst on the wing has finally come to an end.
Donnie Tillman, who began his college career at Utah, before transferring to UNLV, has now landed with Chris Jans and the defending WAC champions.
“I love what Chris Jans and the staff see for me as a player,” Tillman said. “They believe in my ability and want to help me reach the next level.”
“More importantly, they understood the hunger I have and how special I want to be.”
Tillman joins a loaded class of newcomers featuring a lot of transfers from high to mid majors. In making the decision, Tillman turned down potential opportunities with Dayton, Rutgers, Maryland and VCU, among others.
He was sold by the track record of the head coach and his desire to win.
“Coach puts his players in the best situation for them to succeed and I want to be apart of that,” Tillman explained. “This man has dominated the WAC for years and I want to be apart of something great like that. I want to win! I want to lead and I have the opportunity to do that.”
He will have one year of eligibility remaining and being around coach Jans and playing in his system is how he wanted to end his college story.
“I fit in anywhere. I can do so much on the court and that makes me a valuable piece,” he said. “I can guard one through four and switch onto anyone. My aggression will be taken to another level.”
Tillman just completed his second straight season accumulating at least 250 points, 100 rebounds and 50 assist. His versatility is something Chris Jans will utilize completely.